FREE Kathak and Tabla Workshop | Princeton Festival of the Arts

//FREE Kathak and Tabla Workshop | Princeton Festival of the Arts
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Learn about the Indian classical dance form of Kathak and Indian drum – tabla in this fun, educational, and interactive workshop with kathak dancer Jin Won and Mike Lukshis of the Taalim School of Indian Music as a precursor to Pradhanica’s performance at the Princeton Festival of the Arts.  No experience necessary.



Kathak is among the major classical dances of India, known for its fast-paced footwork, dizzying spins (known as chakars), grace, and storytelling.   With influences from the Bhakti movement, temple and ritual dances of India, Persian and central Asian dance forms, Kathak emerged from the confluences of cultures over time in northern India.  Kathak’s evolution continues as it has made it’s way into modern Indian dance forms as the most popular classical dance used in Bollywood dancing.

TABLA is the main rhythmic instrument of North Indian classical music. Its music involves skillfully composed rhythmic patterns, intriguing compositions, and complex beat structures. The tabla is comprised of two drums, one played by each hand. Each drum consists of a hollow interior covered with a leather surface. The larger of the two, on which bass tones are produced, is the baya. The smaller drum is the daya, on which numerous higher-pitched tones are produced at a fast pace with the fingertips. The beauty and essence of tabla-playing lies in the harmonious balance between the daya and baya.

It is believed that the tabla was adopted by the eminent musicologist of his time, Amir Khusro, to especially accompany the soft and romantic singing style of India known as khayal gayaki. Today however, the tabla is a highly versatile percussion instrument, which is played solo or in accompaniment with just about any musical instrument in the world.